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  • Marquette: Clinton 47, Trump 38; Sanders 52, Trump 34; Clinton 45, Cruz 44; Sanders 50, Cruz 38

    01/29/2016 6:18:24 AM PST · by Virtuoso80 · 39 replies
    MILWAUKEE – On the Republican side, Donald Trump is supported by 24 percent, followed by Marco Rubio at 18 percent and Ted Cruz at 16 percent, among respondents who say that they will vote in the Republican primary. Ben Carson is backed by 8 percent, with Chris Christie at 5 percent. Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina receive 3 percent each. Jeb Bush and John Kasich are each at 2 percent, with Mike Huckabee at 1 percent and Rick Santorum at 0. Carson led the Republican field in November at 22 percent, with Trump and Rubio each at 19 percent. Cruz...
  • La Crosse County GOP poll shows Cruz in first (Wisconsin)

    01/25/2016 12:17:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WXOW-TV ^ | January 24, 2016 | Caroline Hecker, Multi-Media Journalist
    The La Crosse County GOP caucus held on Saturday revealed a majority of party members favor Ted Cruz as their top choice for the Republican Presidential Nominee. The straw poll is the first of the county's to show Cruz in the lead, as previous polls showed Marco Rubio near the top. Ted Cruz captured 28 percent of the vote, while Marco Rubio and Donald Trump each had 24 percent support. Ben Carson and Jeb Bush both collected 8 percent of the vote and Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina rounded out the group with 4 percent of the vote each. No...
  • It’s clear here in Iowa: Power is shifting from the establishment

    01/02/2016 9:44:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | January 3, 2016 | David Shribman, executive editor, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Montour, Iowa -- After candidate entries and candidate withdrawals, debates and debate-related controversies, campaign surges and campaign duds, and tens of millions spent and tens of millions wasted on broadcast advertisements, we finally have reached the actual election year. No one expected Donald Trump to retain his high poll ratings. No one expected Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin to bomb. No one expected terrorism to emerge as a top issue. No one expected Republican politics to be so riveting. But while some of the candidates have been on a fool's errand, 2015 was not a bootless errand. It taught us...
  • David Brooks: Donald Trump's "Bigotry" Has "Done Enormous Damage To America's Reputation Abroad"

    12/12/2015 10:45:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 12, 2015
    PBS: Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments on banning Muslims from entering the U.S., a campaign surge for Sen. Ted Cruz, plus assessing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s first month on the job. Brooks says Republican Senators would rather vote for a Democratic Majority Leader than "universally unpopular" Ted Cruz. JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: When it comes to Trump, David, I know we have been talking about him, but this week, with the statement about keeping Muslims out of the country, is this...
  • Dem Gun Ban Would Require Confiscation, Ban Most Pistols

    11/07/2015 10:08:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | November 6, 2015 | Brian Sikma
    A Democratic-proposed gun ban would prohibit some of the most highly-rated hunting rifles and shotguns, ban most pistols, and require Wisconsin residents who owned so-called “semiautomatic assault weapons” to turn their guns in to the government. State Rep. Lisa Subeck and three other Democratic state lawmakers are proposing a sweeping ban on rifles, shotguns and pistols they deem dangerous because they are “designed to kill large numbers of people quickly.” Legislative attorneys – known as Legislative Counsel – confirmed to state Rep. Dave Craig (R) that the loosely written ban does not contain a grandfather clause, meaning owners of prohibited...
  • Representative Lisa Subeck Circulates Bill Banning Semiautomatic Weapons

    11/05/2015 8:37:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Office of Rep. Lisa Subeck ^ | November 4, 2015
    MADISON –Today, Representative Subeck (D-Madison), along with Representatives Terese Berceau, Melissa Sargent and Chris Taylor, circulated an Assembly bill that would ban the transportation, purchase, possession, or transfer of semiautomatic assault weapons in Wisconsin. “Our nation has watched as community after community has had to confront the tragedies that occur when weapons designed to kill large numbers of people quickly get into the hands of a dangerous person,” said Representative Lisa Subeck. “No Wisconsin community should ever have to face such a tragedy at the hands of someone armed with a semiautomatic assault weapon.” Semiautomatic assault weapons are a class...
  • Cruz to sub for Walker at Family Foundation gala

    10/10/2015 11:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | October 10, 2015 | Andrew Cain
    Another 2016 hopeful, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has stepped in for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the headline speaker for the Family Foundation of Virginia's annual gala Nov. 14 in Richmond. Walker was slated to headline the organization's 30th annual gala at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, but he announced Sept. 21 that he was dropping out of the presidential contest. Cruz also addressed The Family Foundation's annual gala in October 2013. This time his father, the Rev. Rafael Cruz, will join the senator and will discuss the importance of family and fatherhood. During his March 23 presidential campaign announcement...
  • In which I obliterate the Wall Street Journal's pathetic attempt to see Paul Ryan become Speaker

    10/09/2015 3:22:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | October 9, 2015 | Doug Ross
    Over at the GOP establishment's press release reprint service known as The Wall Street Journal, the panic over Kevin McCarthy's sudden withdrawal from the race for the Speaker's gavel is palpable. Decrying a "toxic crack-up inside the Republican conference", the Journal says the real issues in Washington are the fault of the "Refuseniks" (the party's conservative base and its representatives, albeit a better epithet than "hobbits"). According to the WSJ rocket scientists, conservatives blame the GOPe "for all the countrys problems, not President Obama." That kind of sheer unvarnished idiocy is not unexpected from the GOP, which now seeks to...
  • Scott Walkers Campaign Manager Rick Wiley Should Never, Ever, Work In Politics Again

    10/04/2015 11:42:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | September 23, 2015 | Scott McKay, publisher
    With the implosion of the Scott Walker campaign that culminated in his withdrawal from the race last week, were now in the autopsy stage. After all, Walker was at one time seen as the frontrunner in the race and the fairly obvious choice as a fusion candidate between the conservative grassroots and the business community/GOP establishment. Walker had all the ingredients the Republican Party usually looks for a fairly unassailably conservative record, and in his case pretty aggressively so, a history of fiscally conservative acts, not just deeds, a life story suggestive of economic and social mobility to show...
  • Cruz Well-Positioned for the Long Haul

    09/30/2015 9:31:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak, Republican consultant, and former Capitol Hill and Bush administration aide
    With the Summer of Trump behind us, the GOP presidential primary race is beginning to take shape. The sharp decline and hasty exit of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leaves only four truly competitive candidates for the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Donald Trump, Ben Carson and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Cruz has the strongest ground game of that group and is the best-funded. Carson is better organized than most realize, but has an unproven team and is an unproven candidate. I agree with many experts who believe we now have seen Trump's peak in polling,...
  • Hold That Fork: Donald Trump Soaring in Iowa

    09/23/2015 12:54:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 22, 2015 | Tommy Christopher
    Theres been a whole lot of talk recently about how Donald Trumps ride at the top of the Republican primary field may finally be over, blunted by Carly Fiorinas star-making debate performance and Trumps own poor performance. The mainstream media types who just refuse to believe that Republican voters actually are the way every poll proves they are got a little bit of good news this week when a CNN/ORC poll showed that Trumps support had dropped by eight points, while Carly Fiorina shot up by 12, passing Ben Carson for second place. See? Maybe Republicans arent so racist after...
  • 'Shocked' : Scott Walker's Iowa Allies Mull Next Steps

    09/22/2015 1:37:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 22, 2015 | Danny Freeman
    On Monday afternoon, Iowa state senator Tom Shipley confidently stated that he was still an unswayed supporter of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, no matter what the polls said. "No, I'm not worried," Shipley told NBC News. "I'm still with him, and we've got a lot of time left." Five hours later, Walker was out of the presidential race. Walker's key Iowa leaders and endorsers were stunned by Walker's sudden exit from the 2016 race Monday evening, which came after a full weekend of vigorous campaigning in the Hawkeye State. Now, many are questioning who they will support next. "I was...
  • Here we go: Some Scott Walker donors getting nervous about campaign, eyeing other candidates

    09/17/2015 9:48:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 17, 2015 | Allahpundit
    9:27 a.m. ET: Allahpundit ‎@allahpundit Wonder how long it’ll be before the first “major donor abandons Walker” story appears 8:27 AM - 17 Sep 2015 Two hours later, via WaPo, voila: There is mounting anxiety among Scott Walker donors about the direction of his campaign and increasing fears that it is running low on cash, leading to a growing consensus among some of the Wisconsin governor’s biggest financial backers that he needs to make a dramatic change… Stanley S. Hubbard, a Minnesota media mogul and top Walker donor, said that while he is sticking with Walker for now, he is...
  • Q&A with U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan: Neither Walker, Trump nor Sanders can win the presidency

    09/20/2015 6:25:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Madison ^ | September 20, 2015 | M.P. King, State Journal
    Gov. Scott Walker has dropped too fast, too hard to win the Republican nomination for president, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan said last week. Nor does the second-term Democratic congressman think leading GOP candidate Donald Trump or insurgent Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders can win the White House. Nobody is saying, What I really want is a 75-year-old socialist, Pocan said of Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont who is polling surprisingly well against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Pocan talked presidential politics, drew a line between religious freedom and the recognition of gay marriage including his own and...
  • Walker at 0% in new national poll

    09/20/2015 8:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    WKOW-TV ^ | September 20, 2015 | Savanna Tomei
    Madison (WKOW) -- A new national poll shows Governor Scott Walker polling at 0 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The CNN/ORC poll released Sunday shows there were five candidates who received less than one percent of support from likely Republican voters. Walker was among them, joined by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former New York Governor George Pataki. Less than one percent equates to zero percent, statistically. The results show Donald Trump is still the front-runner with 24 percent, but has lost ground from earlier in...
  • Iowa View: Fiorina, Rubio, Christie and Cruz on top after debate

    09/17/2015 12:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    USA Today | September 17, 2015 | Steve Deace, Iowa talk radio host
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/09/17/fiorina-rubio-christie-cruz-debate-winners-column/32514709/
  • Candidates With Most to Gain and Lose in Debate Wednesday Night

    09/16/2015 11:41:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gallup ^ | September 16, 2015 | Frank Newport
    Tonight's GOP debate, to be broadcast on CNN, will almost certainly enjoy the type of record ratings generated by the previous debate on the Fox News Channel. The 11 candidates on the main stage will again have a potent opportunity to change how they are perceived by the Republican electorate -- one of the main purposes of these media events. What follows are my nominations for challenges faced by specific candidates on a number of dimensions leading into the debate. Most to Gain in Terms of Name Identification The first debate worked significantly to the advantage of Ben Carson, Carly...
  • Scott Walker Has Fallen Off The MapGovernor & Former Front-runner Registered 2% in Two Recent Polls

    09/16/2015 12:12:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Liberty Standard ^ | September 15, 2015
    Presidential candidate Scott Walker was at one point considered a favorite for the GOP nomination. Earlier this year, he was polling first in the race, even outperforming Jeb Bush for a brief period of time. However, in two new polls, one from ABC News/Washington Post and the other from CBS News/NYT, Governor Walker was only able to receive 2% support nationally. Here is the Real Clear Politics graph of the 2016 Republican Primary for the past year: Governor Walkers orange line has been consistently on the decline for months now, but this 2% support is a new low for the...
  • Quinnipiac poll of Iowa: Trump leads with 27% as Scott Walker crashes to tenth place

    09/11/2015 10:58:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 11, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Tenth farking place. Three months ago, I would have told you that a midwestern evangelical governor with Scott Walkers record could stay home in Wisconsin and never campaign and still do no worse than, say, third in Iowa. Remember, this is supposed to be Walkers must-win early state. Donald Trump has the support of 27 percent of Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, with 21 percent for Ben Carson and 9 percent for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to the results of a July 1 survey by the independent Quinnipiac...
  • 'It's just wrong': Walker defends Cruz from Boehner 'jackass' attack

    08/28/2015 11:31:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 28, 2015 | Al Weaver
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to the aid of Sen. Ted Cruz Friday after reports that Speaker of the House John Boehner called him a "jackass" during a fundraiser. Appearing on "The Hugh Hewitt Show," the Republican presidential hopeful called Boehner's reported Wednesday night statement "just wrong." Boehner made the comments at a Steamboat Springs event for GOP Rep. Scott Tipton, according to the Daily Caller. "I think it's just wrong," Walker said. "Even though I don't know Sen. Cruz as well as I know some of the governors, I've grown to know him and like him and admire him...
  • Bush works hard to win support from tea party, Koch Brothers, wins polite applause

    08/22/2015 7:16:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 21, 2015 | Thomas Beaumont, The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio Casting himself as a tax-cutting, passionate government reformer, Jeb Bush drew merely polite applause Friday from thousands of the nation's most-active tea party conservatives gathered at the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers' summit. Only when the Republican presidential candidate wrapped up his 20-minute speech by calling for a military buildup did the more than 3,000 conservatives from around the nation join in a sustained cheer for Bush, a familiar face in American politics but a newcomer in front of the tea party crowd. "I promise you, if I'm elected president of the United States, I will restore the...
  • Scott Walker clarifies his position on birthright citizenship: No position

    08/21/2015 4:06:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 21, 2015 | Eliza Collins
    Scott Walker just cant make up his mind on birthright citizenship. Im not taking a position one way or the other, Walker said in an interview with CNBCs John Harwood. Im saying that until you secure the border and enforce the laws, any discussion about anything else is really looking past the very things we have to do. Harwood then observed that Walker seemed threatened by Donald Trumps hard-line stance on immigration, and was adjusting his rhetoric accordingly. On Sunday, Trump announced a $166 billion immigration plan that includes a nearly 2,000-mile wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, the deportation of...
  • Marquette Poll: Scott Walker's approval level at home drops below 40 percent

    08/20/2015 1:25:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin State Journal ^ | August 20, 2015 | Matthew DeFour
    Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker continues to face significant dissatisfaction among voters in his home state with his job approval dipping below 40 percent for the first time in a new Marquette Law School Poll released Thursday. The poll also found Walker is leading other Republican presidential candidates in his home state, but has significantly less support than he did in April. The poll found 39 percent of registered voters approve of Walker's job performance, while 57 percent disapprove. That 18-point gap is three points larger than it was in the previous Marquette poll in April, which saw a...
  • Scott Walker Is Sounding More and More Like Ted Cruz

    08/20/2015 1:01:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Forex Report Daily ^ | August 20, 2015 | Iris Duncan
    The bottom line is this: As long as Republican politics demands extremism, some candidates are going to adopt highly controversial positions that rally conservative support while potentially driving away voters in general elections. Would you support a change in the 14th amendment if necessary to achieve that? Trump cited his rivals views on immigration, Iraq and the Common Core education standards. So, I see what Mr. Trump is talking about right there. Our country is going to hell. Trump announced in his proposal for his policy for immigration that was released this past Sunday that he wants to put an...
  • The GOPs deeply flawed field

    08/18/2015 7:44:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2015 | Katrina vanden Heuveleditor, publisher, and part-owner, The Nation
    Donald Trump continues to bring comic relief and mean-spirited bombast to the Republican campaign trail. But while Trump is a continuing spectacle, he also makes (a tiny bit) more sense than his rivals when he indicts U.S. trade policies or scorns the influence of big money that turns politicians into puppets. Nevertheless Trump, despite his current lead in the polls, isnt likely to be the Republican presidential nominee. William Galston, the Wall Street Journals designated Democratic pundit, last week suggested that there were five plausible Republican candidates Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.), Govs. Scott Walker (Wis.)...
  • Collective Punishment: Trumps astonishingly cruel immigration plan getting rave reviews from GOP.

    08/18/2015 2:39:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Slate ^ | August 18, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign with an ugly tirade against Mexican immigrantsTheyre bringing drugs. Theyre bringing crime. Theyre rapists.that shot him to the top of the GOP polls. Hes been there ever since, despite racism, sexism, and open disrespect for combat veterans. Now, Trump is the center of gravity in the Republican race for president, and his antics affect every candidate, from mainstream picks like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, to more direct rivals like Scott Walker and Ted Cruz. On Monday, his pull got a little stronger. Trump published his first set of proposals, a plan for immigration...
  • Donald Trump is crushing his competition on 2 key issues

    08/18/2015 11:57:37 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 14 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 1 hour ago | Colin Campbell
    Donald Trump is not only expanding his lead in the Republican presidential race. According to a new CNN/ORC poll out Tuesday, the real-estate tycoon has built out a dominating lead on two of the issues most important to Republican voters. A walloping 45% of respondents said Trump was the best candidate to improve the US economy. The next closest contender was Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, who had a mere 8% say the same about his potential stewardship. The core of Trump's campaign platform is based off of his opposition to illegal immigration and his heated and sometimes...
  • John Nichols: Is the Scott Walker boom going bust?

    08/16/2015 5:17:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Capital Times ^ | August 16, 2015 | John Nichols, Associate Editor
    It may be that Scott Walkers moment came sometime in March or April. That was when the governors campaign for the Republican presidential nomination was going from strength to strength. He was racing ever upward in national polls, establishing a solid lead in the first caucus state of Iowa, and moving up on supposed front-runner Jeb Bush in the first primary state of New Hampshire. It seemed that nothing could stop him. Then Republicans started paying attention. Walker was already losing momentum before the Donald Trump surge, and before the Fox News debate that appears to have again reshuffled a...
  • Fox News Poll: Trump Continues to Soar, Followed by Carson and Cruz

    08/16/2015 4:05:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    NewsMax ^ | August 16, 2015
    Billionaire developer Donald Trump is still holding his own in a new Fox News poll, while establishment candidates Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio are all losing traction. Trump is continuing to dominate with 25 percent support nationally while retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, is running second at 12 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, known for locking horns with Republican congressional leaders, is third at 10 percent. Those findings mirror recent polls in Iowa and elsewhere. Bush has place 9 percent for a fourth place finish, droping from 15 percent and second place in a Fox News poll conducted earlier...
  • Scott Walker falls from top perch in latest Iowa polls

    08/13/2015 2:43:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    After leading the GOP presidential field in Iowa for months, Gov. Scott Walker is no longer on top in the latest polling. In a survey released Wednesday by CNN/ORC, Donald Trump leads among Republicans in Iowa with 22%, followed by Ben Carson at 14% and Walker at 9%. Trump also leads Walker in two other Iowa surveys taken since the Aug. 6 GOP debate in Cleveland, where Walker avoided mistakes but turned in a low-profile performance that was overshadowed by some of his rivals. In an Iowa poll by Suffolk University/USA Today released Tuesday, Trump led with 17% followed by...
  • Jeb Bush Gets Applause at Conservative Forum (Erick Erickson's RedState)

    08/08/2015 11:25:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 8, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    ATLANTA Jeb Bush, who has fought the perception of conservatives that he is not one of them, journeyed into the lions den on Saturday. While he may not have converted every skeptic at the RedState Gathering, a conclave of anti-establishment Republicans, he persuaded more than a few to give him a second look. After Mr. Bushs solid but largely unmemorable outing Thursday in the first Republican debate, where he was overshadowed by the pyrotechnics around him, he came across in Atlanta as having tamed his wonkiness, and as being confident in defending positions he knew were unpopular with many...
  • Rand Paul opens fire on Trump at campaign stop

    08/08/2015 1:37:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 8, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    ATLANTA -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) avoided the RedState Gathering this weekend. While Republican presidential rivals like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee faced down questions about Donald Trump in Atlanta, Paul was touring South Carolina, holding meet-and-greets and dropping into a "Pints for Liberty" happy hour. But in Goose Creek, S.C., Paul unloaded on Trump, recapitulating the arguments he'd made throughout Thursday night's presidential debate, saying conservatives were "kidding themselves" if they fell for Trump's brand of anti-establishment politics. "I can't imagine Donald Trump even knowing what a tea party is," Paul said, referring to...
  • The New Holy Grail Of GOP Primaries

    07/31/2015 10:56:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 30, 2015 | Rick Perlstein
    Never have so many done so much to reveal so little than in the collected journalism about presidential nomination contests. The personality-driven trivia. The hokey generalizations. The bogs of conventional wisdom. The day-by-day scorekeeping that ends up worse than uninformative; it is anti-informative. (Just ask Presidents George Romney, Edmund Muskie, Scoop Jackson, John Connally, Richard Gephardt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.) The utter failure to inform the public of the actual, on-the-ground dynamics of the nuts-and-bolts process by which the parties chose their standard-bearers, and the larger dynamics that drive party trends from decade to decade. And, last but not least,...
  • Harley an awkward ride for 'union-busting' Republican Walker

    07/30/2015 2:37:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | July 30, 2015 | Emily Flitter and Alexia Shurmur
    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - For Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, there's something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that he has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads "Union made in the USA." Walker has made the iconic American brand a centerpiece of his campaign kick-off tour this month, visiting four dealerships and sometimes showing off his own 2003 Harley Road King as he seeks to harness its appeal to older white male voters. But there is another side to Harley that the Republican candidate has been less vocal about - it is...
  • Walker Gets Tromped By Trump

    07/26/2015 1:48:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Crooks & Liars ^ | July 26, 2015 | Jeff "Capper" Simpson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Donald Trump unloaded on Scott Walker over the weekend while in Iowa: He went down a list of criticisms that seemed the result of an overnight opposition-research effort. Wisconsin is doing terribly, he said. The roads are a disaster because they dont have any money to rebuild them, and theyre borrowing money like crazy. He cited figures for the states budget deficit. I wrote this stuff all down but I dont need it because I have a really good memory, he said. He also accused Mr. Walker of flip-flopping on the Common Core education standards, having once supported them....
  • Trump launches offensive against Walker

    07/25/2015 1:51:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 25, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump on Saturday unleashed a personal attack at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, days after being the target of the governors latest campaign blast. Trumps speech in Iowa came on the heels of a fundraiser for Walker referring to the New York business mogul as DumbDumb in an event invitation email earlier this week. Blasting the horrible insult from Walkers campaign, Trump went on the offensive with criticism against Walkers economic record. Wisconsin is in turmoil, Trump told a boisterous crowd at a rally in Iowa. He pointed to the states roads, schools and hospitals, which he said...
  • WSJ : Trump Manager Calls on Walker to Apologize for Insult

    07/24/2015 3:24:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 24, 2015 | Staff
    The WSJ reports: A fundraiser for Scott Walkers presidential campaign called Donald Trump DumbDumb in a fundraising invitation and said electing the New York developer would be a total and complete disaster for the country. Mr. Trumps campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, predicted Mr. Walker will not stand for his supporters questioning Mr. Trumps intellect. Gov. Walker is a good guy and he would not condone such type of negative thinking about the leading presidential candidate in the GOP field, Mr. Lewandowski said. Im sure he will quickly denounce Mr. Slayton and his rhetoric.(continued)
  • Poll: Donald Trump Still on the Rise, No Hit from John McCain Attack

    07/22/2015 1:48:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In a poll conducted from July 17th to July 20th, support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hasnt taken a hit despite Trumps comments about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Saturday, July 18th, while attending the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. A recent Morning Consult poll reveals Trump leads all of the GOP contenders, with 22 percent of the vote. This places Trump seven percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who held 15 percent of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third place with 12 percent of the vote. According to the poll, Dr. Ben...
  • So where is Scott Walker on immigration in 2015?

    07/18/2015 1:32:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 18, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    One other thing I missed as I was heading out to the mountains last week was the official announcement of Scott Walker as our roughly 238th presidential candidate on the Republican side. Unlike some of the other, shall we say overly ambitious folks tossing their hats in the ring, Walker was obviously a serious contender and had been all but officially running for some time now. Some, like National Reviews Deroy Murdock, are painting Walker as the GOPs Obi-Wan Kenobi our last, best hope. His current position in the national polls indicates that this is a theory shared by a...
  • Rick Perry just savaged Donald Trump. Thats smart.

    07/16/2015 5:55:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 16, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    Here's Rick Perry on Donald Trump: Rick Perry ✔ ‎@GovernorPerry .@realDonaldTrump-ism not conservatism but a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense https://t.co/C5aPaaA13p12:03 PM - 16 Jul 2015 The statement that Perry links to in that tweet goes on to savage Trump's "fundamental misunderstanding of border security" and note: "Mr. Trump has done nothing to prove that he is the president America needs.” Them's fighting words -- or at least that's what Perry and his team have to hope. The reality of the 2016 race for second-tier-and-below candidates like Perry is that Trump is soaking up lots and lots of the...
  • Scott Walker Has a Texas-Sized Fundraising Problem

    07/16/2015 10:38:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | July 16, 2015 | Russ Choma, Washington Bureau
    The Lonestar State is GOP donor central, but Walker's rivals already have the big money locked up. Before most GOP presidential contenders set foot in Iowa or New Hampshire, they typically first hit another pivotal state: Texas. The Lonestar State is the undisputed center of the Republican Party's donor base, so almost all of the GOP hopefuls have trekked regularly there and established extensive fundraising operations in Texas. But there's one big exception: Scott Walker, who formally announced his presidential bid on Monday. The union-busting Wisconsin governor may be a conservative darling, but he's way behind the curve when it...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • The media say Scott Walkers campaign has stalled -- are they right?

    07/15/2015 7:51:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Fox News' Media Buzz ^ | July 15, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    Scott Walker gave a pretty rousing announcement speech without notes or teleprompter about big, bold ideas from outside of Washington, but it would be hard to say he has generated a whole lot of excitement. Maybe thats because on Monday night he became the 15th Republican candidate to jump into the race. Maybe its because President Obamas announcement of a nuclear deal with Iran yesterday knocked him out of the headlines. Maybe its because he is missing a certain pizzazz. Despite his lack of a national profile, the Wisconsin governor shot to the top of the polls when he started...
  • Walker Adviser on Strategy: Much Easier To Move From Being Conservative to Moderate Later On

    07/13/2015 5:51:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 13, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A longtime Scott Walker adviser anonymously tells National Journal that the now officially announced presidential contenders strategy will be to first lock up conservatives and then move to a more moderate position later on in the campaign. You start in Iowa and lock up conservatives, because if you dont do that, none of the rest matters, Walkers adviser reportedly told journalist Tim Alberta. Its much easier to move from being a conservative to being a middle-of-the-road moderate later on. In Iowa, you see the beginnings of that, he added. Hes capturing that conservative wing first and foremost, and then moving...
  • Scott Walker Says His Presidential Bid Is 'God's Plan'

    07/13/2015 5:39:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Right Wing Watch ^ | July 13, 2015 | Peter Montgomery
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who announced his presidential bid on Twitter this morning and will have a launch event later today in Waukesha, has sent an email to activists declaring that his presidential run is Gods plan for me. My relationship with God drives every major decision in my life, starts the note, which is clearly designed to appeal to Religious Right voters who make up a major part of the GOP base vote, particularly in the early primary states Iowa and South Carolina. The letter goes on to talk about Walkers faith as the guiding force of my life...
  • Scott Walker: A real nice guy who's not Donald Trump

    07/13/2015 2:59:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | July 13, 2015 | Tim Rowland
    You feel for Scott Walker, the governor from somewhere out in the Midwest, who had looked forward to this day all of his adult life the day he would announce his candidacy for president of the United States. And on the weekend he does, what are the media talking about? Donald Trump. Trump stomped all over Walkers announcement with an anti-immigration screed at a packed house in Phoenix, where he essentially accused everyone of everything. The New York Times wrote: Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television star who has taken center stage in the race for...
  • GUEST COLUMN: Same-sex marriage guaranteed by the Constitution (Former GA Dem State Senator)

    07/13/2015 12:53:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Rome News-Tribune ^ | July 13, 2015 | Former State Sen. Kenneth Fuller (D-GA)
    I confess that I do not begin to understand homosexual or transgender issues. As life would have it, this matter has found its way into the lives of my own circle of friends and family members, people whom I love and respect most dearly. While I acknowledge that I do not fully understand the issues which formed the basis of the case before the Supreme Court, I am comfortable with the decision and fully believe the Court is right in its ruling that laws forbidding same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. Frankly, I dont have to understand anything other than that I...
  • Conservative Revolt Brewing Against Scott Walker Over Staffer Hired By His PAC (Brad Dayspring)

    07/08/2015 1:27:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 8, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Last week, Right Wing News did an article about Scott Walkers PAC hiring Brad Dayspring. If you dont know who Brad Dayspring is, heres an introduction from one of the conservative candidates he slimed during the GOP primaries. Brad Dayspring is well known as a despicable establishment operative who specializes in slander and character assassination against conservative candidates, Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDanielone such conservative Dayspring personally frequently attackedtold Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday. He is the perfect example of why conservatives no longer trust the GOP. Hes little more than a paid attack dog, without principle and honor, the...
  • Bush, Walker, Trump, Carson are in. Heres whos out of 1st debate.

    07/08/2015 12:47:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | July 7, 2015 | David Lightman
    <p>Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and six others would be in the first Republican presidential debate next month, while two governors, a U.S. senator and the 2012 Iowa Republican caucus winner would be out, according to a survey by NBC News political unit.</p>
  • Pataki, Jindal address Trump's comments at New Hampshire picnic

    07/05/2015 9:23:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | July 5, 2015 | Kristen Carosa
    Pataki sends letter to other GOP candidates asking them to call out Trump on comments regarding illegal immigrants.ALLENSTOWN, N.H. Presidential candidates flocked to the Granite State during the July Fourth weekend. Former New York Gov. George Pataki and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal attended a cookout hosted by the Merrimack County Republican Committee. The event was low-key and gave both Republican candidates the chance to talk one on one with voters. Both candidates had something to say about recent comments from Republican challenger Donald Trump. I am disappointed he (Trump) hasnt seen that it was a stupid and wrong comment, Pataki...